The new air cargo frontier
12 / 07 / 2013
That is opening up new opportunities for airfreight and for logistics companies who can navigate the particular challenges of these markets.
In 2011 the company added a German office, and launched a rail container service to Central Asia and on to Mongolia. Evgeniy Reznikov (main picture), ART’s business development director, says this has been attracting strong eastbound demand from global forwarders.
She adds: “Though the procedures for hand-ling these shipments already existed, they were never used – and Customs had no experience of them. So we had to work with Customs to develop new ways of working. Since a small mistake in the Customs declaration can hold up the shipment for a week, we now prepare all the documents in advance. We can now clear shipments in a single day, and offer the customer a guarantee of two days.”
“Not many companies can supply this kind of service, as there was not much demand for it before. So we have worked out a special scheme with a partner to provide this service.”
“It is now at a similar level in terms of its retail growth to Russia of five or 10 years ago,” he says. “Retail growth is going exponential. In the next few years there is going to be strong demand for foreign brands, because people in Kazakhstan are keen to have the original article.”
Add into this up to five days to truck from the various corners of Europe and ART can offer a highly competitive 18-day land transit time from Europe to Mongolia.